My name is Arthur Loring and am an enthusiastic 42-year-old small business owner from Kamloops, BC. I’m running for a position as a Director representing BC/Yukon for COPA.
My Private Licence was obtained in 1998 and have been active in general aviation ever since. In the past 3 years, I have significantly increased my activity by purchasing a Diamond DA20 which has allowed me a great opportunity to do more flying both locally and cross country (my most recent trip being to Nevada). With becoming more active again, I have also recently obtained my Night Rating and hope to pursue additional learning opportunities soon.
In 2017, I was elected as the Vice President of the Kamloops Flying Club (COPA Flight 82) where we have faced similar challenges of other clubs such as declining membership, aging membership and are in the on-going process of addressing those challenges to create a more vibrant relevant club. I was re-elected to hold the same position for the 2018 year.
My main reason for wanting to become a COPA director is to try to bring a fresh more youthful perspective from the members at large about how to make COPA a more relevant organization to both young and experienced aviators alike. As a COPA member, in addition to its important role as preserving our freedom to fly, I personally believe that COPA should also be the hub for everything aviation including the social hub of participation, knowledge and events. I want to help achieve this. Additionally, I hope to use this experience to increase my profile within the COPA organization to become a more knowledgeable General Aviation advocate.
The biggest skill I can bring to the board is my 20+ years of business management experience by delivering a calm, level-headed approach and willingness to listen and consider all perspectives of issues. I am progressive and embrace new thoughts and ways of doing things.
I may not have a significant amount of professional aviation experience behind me, but I have the passion, enthusiasm and dedication to represent BC & the Yukon and to do my best to ensure our members voices are heard as well as to guide future progressive changes to make this great organization one that reflects the beliefs of pilots in Canada.